Romney's Monday-Night Plans Up in the Air
By Glenn Kessler
ST. LOUIS -- Mitt Romney upended his Super Tuesday travel schedule tonight, adding a Monday cross-country trip to California because a new poll shows him neck-and-neck there with Sen. John McCain.
After rallies in Nashville and outside Atlanta on Monday, Romney plans to fly to Long Beach, Calif. for an early-evening rally. He then will immediately fly back east, so to arrive in West Virginia at 6 a.m. Tuesday. There he plans to address a delegate convention. Aides considered adding a middle-of-the-night stop in Denver but dropped the idea because the plane would then arrive in West Virginia too late for the former Massachusetts governor to speak to the convention, Romney said.
"California is tight," Romney told reporters traveling with him. "People are taking a good look at the race. This is get every-delegate-you-can, every-way-you-can. So off you go."
"We see opportunity," said Romney spokesman Kevin Madden. Referring to McCain's decision to campaign today in Massachusetts, he added: "With McCain unwisely spending two days in Massachusetts doing a head-fake, California is up for grabs."
Madden pointed to a survey by American Research Group of 600 likely Republican voters, released today, that showed Romney with 33 percent and McCain with 32 percent. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee had 16 percent. The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus four percent.
Unlike some other big states voting Tuesday, California does not award all of its Republican delegates on a winner-take-all basis. Instead, a candidate gets three delegates for every congressional district he wins, plus an additional proportion based on the overall vote. That could allow Romney to split California's 370 delegates while McCain is reaping big victories in winner-take-all states like New York and New Jersey. .
Romney averred that he was not a fan of red-eye flights. "I'll probably stretch out on the floor," he said.
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